Please give me any information on kasson pool tables. They look nice but are they well made?
- billiardsforum on 11/18/2007 12:45:43 PM
Kasson Manufacturing was founded in the 1983, and they came close to a bankruptcy in 2003. Their lender, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, foreclosed on all outstanding loans, which forced the sale of the company's assets. You will see references in other forums of an actual bankruptcy occurring, but it did not.
Many players have suggested that Kasson uses a catchy sales pitch and use gimmicks such as the advertisement of "double center beam construction" to sell to less educated customers.
Others have commented on the construction of Kasson's pool tables. Apparently they made some tables where if you look at the way the cabinet is held together, you will see its similar to that of cheap furniture found at wal-mart or kmart. This comment comes from the fact that some Kasson tables used cam locks in the construction, which are commonly used in the construction of very cheap, poor furniture.
Other comments, both negative and positive, include:
- I had to refinish the table a few years after purchase.
- Pockets came loose, but then again, this happens on all makes and models.
- Bumpers have nice rebound, and aren't too fast.
- Felt installation was very similar to that of Brunswick and other high end tables. This may vary with who installs the table.
- Main supports for slate are hardwood laminated in two pieces along the longitudinal axis.
- The slate was flat in all directions, no need for shimming between the slate and the support frame.
- I have bumped my table with my full weight, 230 lbs, balls did not budge and now I have a bruise on the hip. I love my table.
- I find the Kasson Table's cushions to be very hard, and had to change to a different cushion.
- I just had a kasson pool table installed. It was cost effective, took about 2 hours, and the installers did a great job. The table is rock solid and completely level, even with an uneven floor.
- Kasson Billiard Tables aren't that bad - I've had one, and find that they are middle of the road. Worth the money, but with pool tables, you get what you pay for generally.
- I sold used tables for a living, and Kasson billiard tables came up often. They have a good resale value generally, and were fairly popular. They seem to be fairly well known.
Take these for what they are worth really. Have you actually seen the table you are thinking about buying, in person.
- guest on 11/18/2007 12:50:26 PM
They play well. I have a higher-end model, around $2900, and it is solid.
- guest on 4/14/2008 3:19:35 PM
I have had a Kasson table for 5 yrs now and just now getting ready to put a new felt on it. I gave $2200 for it and I think it was a good investment. I have it in a bar and it gets used by some good players and they all have really liked it. It still looks as good as the day I bought it except for the wear on the felt but still I think 5 yrs was really good for as much as it gets played on. But I heard they got bought out so I don,t know how good they are now. If they still have the same name. Good luck and if buying a table ask around to what to look for in one before buying, don,t go by what a salesman tells you. or take someone that knows about them and get thier opinion.
- guest on 9/27/2010 4:01:35 PM
I have a Kasson pool table that I bought from a friend. It is now about 10 years old and looks/plays fabulous! It is solid oak and weighs a ton! We had it re-felted when we bought it since the slate is in 3 pieces and moving it ruined the felt...which was fine because I wanted a different color anyway. The only wear on it is on the leather pockets where people have leaned across them. Not a big deal and really not that noticeable. Plays great and looks beautiful!
- probilliards on 10/11/2010 5:15:12 PM
Kasson made a decent table that played well. Not a Diamond but not an import. Depending on how worn your pockets are you can have them redone by Hood Leather - http://www.hoodleather.com/
They do good work and not overly expensive. You could even choose a different color leather if you like.
- David Finch on 1/27/2011 6:06:39 PM
I own a 9' Kasson Lanchester pool table which is built to the manufactuer's specs using machine locked dowels and cam locks in some areas of construction.
I also own a complete set of Henredon bedroom furniture that uses similiar technology in areas requiring precise joining of non weight bearing parts. Neither product can be purchased at Wal Mart and neither is cheap.
I've had the Kasson pool table for 7 years. It plays great. I love it.
- user1501311254 on 7/29/2017 2:54:15 AM
I have owned my Kasson for over 20 years. I've moved it and set it up myself 6 times. The construction is solid and well-designed. The rail rubbers seem to get hard over time (15 years), like a piece of rock, but otherwise, one of the best purchases I've made in my life. Biggest downside is lack of reputable dealers for this brand to provide long-term support.